R v WL [2016] NZYC 423

Published 10 November 2016

Dangerous driving causing death — dangerous driving causing injury — failing to stop — sentencing — Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989, s 311. The young person was sentenced to supervision with residence for six months on charges which included dangerous driving causing death, unlawfully getting into a motor vehicle and behaving in a manner likely to incite violence. The nature and circumstances of the offending included driving a stolen car, while forbidden from driving shortly before the offending took place. When the police attempted to stop the vehicle the young person accelerated away driving at excessive speeds until losing control and crashing into a lamppost. The young person driver was injured, of his three friends who were passengers, one was injured and taken to hospital and two were seriously injured and died at the hospital. A sentence of anything less than six months was not appropriate considering the seriousness and consequences of the offending. Judgment Date: 13 July 2016. * * * Note: names have been changed to comply with legal requirements. * * *